Empty stocking fund: Ms. S

Today’s focus: Ms. S

Household members: 6

Children: 4

Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband is the only provider for the family and will not be able to afford any presents for the kids.

Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas.

Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 14, 12, 6 and 4T. Boys pants sizes 16 regular, 10 regular, 6 regular and 3T. Boys shoe sizes 10, 5, 13 and 9.5.

Toys list: Football, Hotwheel cars, power ranger toys, tractors, trucks and cars.

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. Recipients receive gifts and clothes for their children and some may receive baskets of food with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a meat voucher from a local grocery store. Larger families may receive donated turkeys instead of the voucher. The food baskets will also go to seniors on fixed incomes.

Who’s helped: Around 600 families who’ve asked the Salvation Army to help make Christmas special.

Donations: Can be dropped off at the PNT, 101 E. First St. in Portales, or mailed to P.O. Box 848, Portales, NM 88130. Can also be dropped off at the CNJ, 521 Pile St. in Clovis or mailed to P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. Envelopes should be clearly marked “Empty Stocking Fund.” Checks must be made payable to “The Salvation Army.”

Contributions will be forwarded to the Salvation Army office, 317 E. Second St., or gifts may be purchased for specific children by choosing an Angel tag off trees located at North Plains Mall and Wal-Mart in Clovis.

If you would like to help “Mr. S,” call Major Tammy Ray at the Salvation Army at 762-3801.